McCaul on Passage of 6 Bills to Secure the Homeland
Washington D.C. – To stay ahead of threats to the homeland, America must continue to evolve and improve our defenses to ensure we are one step ahead of the dangers facing our nation. This week, the House passed H.R. 4038, the DHS Accountability Enhancement Act, under the leadership of Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) in addition to five other pieces of bipartisan legislation that will better secure America. These bills include enhancements that will reassert the authority of DHS to Congress, reassess and raise the standards for aviation and ports of entry security, and more.
Chairman McCaul: “In the wake of 9/11, we reached across the aisle and put party affiliations aside to create a versatile, efficient, and accountable Department of Homeland Security. In its first few years of existence, DHS was able to utilize a provision of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 that allowed it to reorganize without Congressional approval. While this provision was important during its first few years of existence, the time has come to reassert Congress’ Article I responsibilities. This bill, along with the five other bipartisan bills that passed the House this week, are unified in their purpose to better protect the homeland.”
The bills that passed the House this week include:
H.R. 4038 – DHS Accountability Enhancement Act, sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reassert Article I authorities over the Department of Homeland Security.
H.R. 3328 – Cuban Airport Security Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. John Katko (R-NY), requires a study regarding security measures and equipment at Cuba’s airports, requires the standardization of Federal Air Marshal Service agreements, and requires efforts to raise international aviation security standards.
H.R. 3551 – C-TPAT Reauthorization Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), amends the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 to reauthorize the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program.
S. 504 – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017, sponsored by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), permanently authorizes the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Program.
H.R. 2142 – INTERDICT Act, sponsored by Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA), improves the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to interdict fentanyl, other synthetic opioids, and other narcotics and psychoactive substances that are illegally imported into the United States.
H.R. 3101 – Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA), to enhance cybersecurity information sharing and coordination at ports in the United States.